Level 3 Diplomas in

Environmental Sustainability

with Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma options

Depending on your previous qualifications, you could opt to study either an Extended Diploma, Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Environmental Sustainability. For more information on Level 3 Diplomas visit our choosing the right course for you page. You can find out more about each study option using the tabs below.

Environmental protection, sustainable use of resources, biodiversity, pollution control and climate change are all real and important concerns. This course will provide you with an understanding of environmental sustainability and enable you to progress your career into areas such as environmental protection, energy management, landscape architecture and conservation.

Environmental sustainability and related environmentally-based sectors are growing rapidly within the UK. The government has introduced relevant legislation and international agreements and protocols with an emphasis on reducing global warming, climate change, low carbon economy and the need for conservation.

You will learn the underpinning science related to sustainability, how to evaluate and analyse environmental systems and make proposals for sustainable solutions as well as the impact of development on the environment.

You will have the opportunity to put what you learn into practice through participation in real projects and research work as well as site visits and field study visit. As part of the course you will also undertake 100 hours of work placement.

Course includes

What will I study?

  • Principles of sustainable development
  • Sustainable communities
  • Science for environmental technicians
  • The business environment
  • Principles of wildlife populations, ecology and conservation
  • Principles of physical and biological processes
  • Waste management
  • Water quality
  • Pollution control
  • Coastal management
  • Urban environment
  • Plant and soil science
  • Geospatial technology and sustainable development
  • Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths depending on previous qualifications

How long will it take?

  • 2 years, full-time

What qualifications do I need to start?

  • At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C, or
  • Equivalent Level 2 qualification
  • Good communication skills and an analytical approach

What qualifications will I gain?

Course options after this programme

  • Full-time degree courses
  • Apprenticeship

Career options

  • Ecology
  • Waste management and recycling
  • Conservation
  • Government policy unit
  • Land management
  • Landscape architecture
Useful information

How much will this course cost?

If you are under 19 on 31st August 2019 the tuition fees and exam costs are free for our courses. If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay a fee.

You may also be required to pay costs associated with study tours or additional qualifications.

For more information on fees and to find out about what financial support may be available to you visit the student finance pages on our website.


Our college bus service collects over 1,400 students every day from far and wide. What’s more, getting to Reaseheath is FREE* on all college bus routes. To find a bus route near you visit the transport pages on our website.


At Reaseheath we have on-site residential accommodation for up to 1,000 students. If you are aged over 16 and studying on a full-time course you may apply for a residential place. Visit the accommodation pages on our website for more information.

How do I apply?

If you have found a course you are interested in and are in Year 11 or above you can apply now online. For a step by step guide on the application process visit the how to apply pages on our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

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